Wasp Control and Management

Understanding Wasp Control

Wasps are slender with a relatively thin waist and four wings. They are smooth and somewhat shiny with brightly colored "skin," generally having sharply contrasting black and yellow patterns. Females can sting multiple times. The males have wings but no stingers. Wasps are predators and feed on insects and spiders.

Wasps can be identified by their often bright color. Red, orange, yellow, or white on a black or dark background.

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Wasp Sting Dangers

Wasps mostly sting when they are disturbed in or away from the wasp nest, when they are captured, crushed, or when they feel threatened. The wasp sting works just like their relatives the ants and bees; they are used to deliver venom and does not lay eggs. This makes female wasps the dangerous of the species.

Male wasps are absolutely harmless. A female wasp sting is able to deliver multiple doses of stings due to the fact that female wasps stings are not barbed making it easy to pierce human and animal skin repeatedly.

Wasp Control, How to Avoid Getting Stung

  • Food and Drinks. If you eat outside take extra precaution, especially during the hot months of the year, they are just most aggressive because of the heat (especially yellow jackets). Wasp stings are more frequent during the summer. So if you eat outside, remember that you may be attracting wasps, so be careful before you take a bite of food or take a drink. You will find wasps crawling into soda cans and as a result get stung on the lip, mouth, or much worse down the throat. Yikes! yep.... so, be careful!!
  • Once you encounter a wasp it is very important that you stay calm, as mentioned above, most females attack when feeling threatened. Avoid the instant reaction, "Flailing". Don't do it, also do not swat at wasps, they'll come after you! After avoiding these two main things and other actions that may be threatening to them, leave the immediate area. Keep in mind that a wasp nest may be in the area, so a female wasp may just be protecting it. At this point you'll be better off leaving that general area or have the wasp nest removed by a professional.

What if You Get Stung? Wasp Sting First Aid

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Call the Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center at 1.800.222.1222 to determine whether the bite victim can be managed at home or will require medical attention.

Any one who suffers the following reactions requires immediate medical attention not just wasp sting treatment.

Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction or "anaphylaxis" may include one of the following:

  • Hives, itching or swelling in areas other than the sting site.
  • Tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing.
  • Hoarse voice or swelling of the tongue.
  • Dizziness or a sharp drop in blood pressure.
  • Unconsciousness or cardiac arrest.

This type of reaction can occur within minutes after the sting and may be life-threatening. People who have experienced an allergic reaction to an insect sting have a good chance of a similar or worse reaction if stung again by the same kind of insect; always carry appropriate medicine prescribed by your physician to help with your allergic reactions when outdoors.

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